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TGIF: The Days Are Getting Shorter June 24, 2016 Edition

(6/24/2016)

TGIF and snowmobiles are great for mountain riding

I'm thankful for the seasons of life and of the year.

I'm thankful that with the passing of summer solstice, the days are now getting shorter.

I'm thankful that sailing takes me a way, and that snowmobilers are reaching new heights when it comes to backcountry mountain riding.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 24, 2016.

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Future Looks Bright: UMD Clean Snowmobile Challenge Team

(6/21/2016)

UMD Clean Snowmobile Challenge Team.

The University of Minnesota Duluth Clean Snowmobile Challenge team is proof that the current generation of youth is doing great things and will shape our future in fantastic ways.

WAY more so than old dumbasses like me who fairly wasted the opportunity that college offered.

Click to see why our future sleds, ATVs, side-by-sides, watercraft, motorcycles and other stuff is going to be really, really cool (and why these are exceptional young men).

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TGIF: Hat's-Off for the June 10, 2016 Edition

(6/10/2016)

Jumping jollywillackers, jokester, here's a vintage sledneck.

Jumping jollywillackers, jokester, here's a vintage sledneck.

I'm thankful for challenge.

I'm thankful for courage.

I'm thankful for those times when I can just open 'er up, nail a wicked jump and let the chips fall where they may.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 10, 2016.

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Bang That Oval

(6/9/2016)

Vintage snow oval racing Arctic Cat EXTs.

Before "ditch-banging" entered the lexicon of modern snowmobiles... before X Games and snocross... and even before the advent of independent front suspension... there was oval racing.

On snow.

With bumps that turned into jumps.

And the men and women who raced on such ovals called themselves "oval-bangers" on all of their social media channels.

Herein ends today's history lesson.

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Pucker-Factor: The Joy (or not) of the Clench

(6/1/2016)

Sandberg is a professional snowmobile rider. Or not.

By all calculations I experience significant pucker-factor 47 times during a normal snowmobile-riding season

(Pucker-factor is that “holy-crap-this-could-get-ugly” thought that overwhelms my brain the same instant that my body involuntarily produces a strange contraction during which it flexes muscles I didn’t even know existed.)

Click for the fully-clenched story.

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Fresh Groomed

(5/26/2016)

Perfectly groomed snowmobile trails. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

That moment when you meet a snowmobile trail groomer going the opposite direction on the trail!

Click to see if you're experience is the same.

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Memorial Weekend: 2016 Classic Sled Roundup at SHOF

(5/23/2016)

SHOF classic sled roundup

If you're a fan of snowmobiles, vintage, racing and some of the most idylic areas of the midwest, then you can have a truly memorable Memorial Weekend by spending a day/weekend at the Classic Sled Roundup at the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain, Wis.

Click for a few details of this Arctic Cat-sponsored event.

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Experience the Arctic Cat VR 360 (as in, Virtual Reality)

(5/18/2016)

Don't be confused: VR 360 is NOT a new snowmobile or UTV.

It IS an awesome way to ride Arctic Cat Wildcats in Moab, Utah, with Tony Stewart, and to carve up a mountainside on a Mountain Cat with freeriders David McClure and Rob Kincaid.

VR is short for Virtual Reality, and the Arctic Cat 360 experience is the first in the OE powersports industry to offer the immersive, user-controlled technology.

Click to see and learn more, including where you can experience it for yourself.

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Beauty in the Backyard

(5/9/2016)

2016 Arctic Cat Crosstrek 800. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Last Friday, temperatures here in the Twin Cities flirted with 90 degrees F. I already have a nice foundation for the farmer's tan that my children will tease me about for the rest of the summer. This past weekend I mowed the lawn for the third time this season. The graduation cards keep coming in, reminding me that school will soon be out.

And tomorrow I'll be in the red sand canyons and desert of Moab, Utah, to soak in Rally on the Rocks aboard some Arctic Cat Wildcats.

By every measure it's late spring, and I am truly enjoying it.

But even though I've pickled the sleds for the off-season and the next white flakes to hit the yard are six months away, I still steal a moment or two each day and think of winter. Glorious winter, and the beauty of snow in the backyard.

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TGIF: The May 6, 2016 Edition

(5/6/2016)

The sno-mo-wheeler

I'm thankful for extra ground clearance and the log-cutting feature of the drop-down chain.

I'm thankful for the legendary cornering prowess of the famed ZR chassis.

I'm thankful for snow-mo-wheelers and their ability to bring more braaap to every circumstance.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, May 6, 2016.

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TGIF: The April 29, 2016 Edition

(4/29/2016)

ArcticInsider and the Ski Whiz TGIF Collection

I'm thankful for heated grips, passenger grab handles and the eye-catching charm of those twin headlights.

I'm thankful for that awkward moment when the company PR hack asks the talent to "Ride this thing together down the beach, flashing us your big smiles."

And I'm thankful it's Friday, April 29, 2016.

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RIP

(4/22/2016)

Arctic Cat Purple Power Lube, an ode to Prince.

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Ride Tested! Jim Dimmerman Rides the 2017 Arctic Cat Turbo

(4/14/2016)

Jim Dimmerman rides the 2017 Arctic Cat 9000 Thundercat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

After penning a thoughtful editorial about the new 2017 Arctic Cat 9000-Series turbos here last week, Jim Dimmerman was given a chance to ride the new 180-hp rocket on Lake of the Woods this past Tuesday.

In addition, he compared it with a 2017 9000 turbo with the Suzuki engine, including a series of drag races against his longtime friend and former Team Arctic teammate, Larry Coltom.

Click to read Dimmerman candidly discuss the new 9000 turbo, the "old" 9000 turbo and whether or not the Thundercat has earned its namesake title.

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Once & Future King: Dimmerman Talks about the Mighty Thundercat

(4/8/2016)

Arctic Cat Thundercat: Then and Now.

Jim Dimmerman is the one rider who's name is synonymous with the original Arctic Cat Thundercat of the 1990s. The former Team Arctic legend and World Champ was the first and highest-profile pilot to pilot the iconic T-Cat to a series of NSSR World Speed Records beginning in 1993.

Dimmerman raced, sold (via his former Cat dealership) and otherwise exalted the mighty Thundercats until Arctic Cat discontinued the model after 2002. He patiently waited for its return ever since.

Now that it has returned, Dimmerman checks in with some interesting background and opinions about the new, 180-hp boosted rocket. What he has to say might surprise you.

Click to read Dimmerman dissect the newest T-Cat.

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TGIF: The April 8, 2016 Edition

(4/8/2016)

TGIF and were snowmobiking into spring

I'm thankful there's a way to extend the snowmobile season into spring (and even summer).

I'm thankful for this whole, new snow bike craze that has everyone fired up.

I'm thankful that if you have to ask, you wouldn't understand anyway.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, April 8, 2016.

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What OSM Magazine Has to Say About Arctic Cat's 2017 Sleds

(4/5/2016)

OSM Magazine on the 2017 Arctic Cat Thundercat

What can sometimes get lost in our insatiable desire for all-new stuff, is the top-level performance and calibration that occurs on machines that have been around the block once or twice.

To wit, from the editors at OSM Magazine:

"In fact, after our second go around with the sleds during the annual spring Snow Shoot evaluations and photography session in West Yellowstone, Montana, it was Arctic Cat who delivered the most consistent ride quality and handling characteristics over any other brand when viewed from top to bottom. No matter the sled grouping or category, our riders pointed to Arctic Cat as the one sled to consistently perform with predictability and comfort…a bold statement and no small feat given today’s broad swath of models."

CLICK HERE for their full story about the 2017 Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

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No More Mr. Fool

(4/1/2016)

ArcticFool

Six years of April Fool's prank attempts here have finally cast a light on who the real fool is: Me!

Well...no more Fool's pranks!

Click to read some background, and my plan to bank some credibility for myself and this site.

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Just Released: 2017 NxTLvL 860

(4/1/2016)

Is this the NxTLvL 860 snowmobile?

Just announced: the limited production 2017 NxTLvL 860 in the GameChanger 2.0 chassis!

As anticipated, this all-new machine delivers the next level of riding performance.

Click to read all the juicy details.

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Winter in Spring: A Snow Storm with Perfect Timing

(3/23/2016)

Snowmobile spring break snow storm in Minnesota. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

It wasn't looking good for my family's planned spring break snowmobile trip to Lutsen, Minn., last week. Warm temps and a lack of recent snow suggested that we were going to go sightseeing rather than snowmobiling.

And then Ma Nature dumped 18 inches of snow, and we were treated to some of the most stunning winter visuals (in my) recent memory.

It was so beautiful that my wife even stopped wishing she was in some warm weather beach location.

Click for some pretty pictures of what snowmobile sometimes looks like.

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Swedish Arctic Cat Party

(3/21/2016)

Arctic Cat show in Sweden.

Recently Swedish Luleås Arctic Cat dealer Navis (Ronny Rönnberg) and SMP Performance shop (Patrik Löfdahl) put together a party at the local Måttsund ski hill that included 2017 model Arctic Cat sleds, Wildcats, hill-drag races (under the lights!) and more.

Erik Jönsson attended and sent the following pix. He reports that it was a fantastic event, with great people and excellent racing.

Click to see a few pix.

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